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week, you can talk to me online at cnn.com/sanjay or on twitter. now, let's get things going in cnn. >>> from the cnn headquarters in atlanta this is cnn sunday morning. extreme heat baking half of the country and more than 300,000 still without power and at least 30 dead. a cold front is on the way, but relief may come at a dangerous price. plus, a new discovery about a mystery illness. children dying from a frightening infection that kills within days. >>> and later, a mexican drug cartel busted on u.s. soil, and three tons of marijuana and $2 million in cash and you will million in cash and you will never believe what else. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> good mornings, everyone, i'm randi kaye and thank you for starting the morning with us. we begin this hour with the h t heat. it has been so bad that 30 deaths across the united states are blame hed on the heat wave. we get more from melissa rainy. >> reporter: saturday brought another day of blistering heat and in some areas that is more triple temperatures. people are looking for relief wherever they can find it. >>
remains at 8.2%, and voters are divided over who can best handle the economy. a recent cnn/orc poll shows 48% of registered voters think mitt romney, 47% president obama. looking to keep a tight grip on the battleground states of ohio and pennsylvania that voted for him in 2008, the president pushed his message of manufacturing gains, especially in the auto industry, to working class voters. he began the final day of his "betting on america" bus tour with breakfast in akron, ohio, where the president was joined by three union workers from a nearby goodyear tire plant. >> you've been there 20 years? you're still there? >> yeah. >> reporter: then the president toured the summer garden food manufacturing plant near youngstown, a business that the campaign said is expanding and creating jobs. at carnegie mellon university in pittsburgh, his biggest event of the tour, there was one final appeal for a second term. >> and if you still believe in me like i believe in you, i hope you will stand with me in 2012. >> reporter: the president told supporters at almost every stop on the two-day bus tour
and twitter. our handle is cnnbottomline, i'm @christineromans. now back to "cnn saturday" for the latest headlines. have a great independence day have a great independence day weekend, everyone. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> we see this as a powerful symbol of our commitment to afghanistan's future. >> an unannounced visit to afghanistan and an announcement that will impact troop withdrawal. >>> plus -- [ bells ] june jobs numbers send investors into panic as the dow plunges over 100 points. why the numbers just didn't add up for wall street. >>> you're young, healthy and willing, but the red cross doesn't want your blood because you're gay. now lawmakers are trying to change that. it's our 10:30 talker. >>> we start this hour with the weather. we are all hoping for a break from this oppressive heat. well, sorry, not today. i hate to see all that red on these maps we're about to show you, but those are the heat warnings. and as you can see, it is going to be pretty bad today. the record triple-digit temperatures are being blamed for at least five deaths. >>> and don't forget
on this notebook. the judge will hear them in a hearing on that tomorrow, as well. and the media, including cnn, is petitioning the court to unseal a number of the documents that have been sealed in the case. so that will be heard by the judge, as well, on monday, ran did i. >> this is the beginning of a very long road. i have a feeling. jim spellman, thank you very much for that. >>> taking you inside a city at war. >> they were hit from a military checkpoint. it looks like right about here. it still smells like rotting flesh right now. >> that is the scene from syria's biggest city. ivan watson is there, home to 2.5 million people. it is now a battleground. [ male announcer ] research suggests the health of our cells plays a key role throughout our entire lives. ♪ one a day men's 50+ is a complete multi-vitamin designed for men's health concerns as we age. ♪ it has more of seven antioxidants to support cell health. that's one a day men's 50+ healthy advantage. >>> that is what it sounds like in syria's largest city, aleppo. rebels are firing back at government forces there as the besieged
rainy, cnn. >>> and check out the weather map, because the cold front is coming down from the great lakes, but a warning while the temperatures are dropping, there is a threat of severe storms following that very same path. we could see lightning, hail and some severe winds. >>> this morning, two indiana parents are accused of leaving their babies in hot cars in the middle of the blistering heat wave. one of them actually die d. police in greenfield say this man left his 4-month-daughter in a car for an extended period of time with temps around 103 degrees and the baby later died in the hospital. 25 miles a wway in the town of fisher this mom is accused of neglecting her 16-month-old daughter by leaving her in a car at a shopping mall. >>> hillary clinton made it clear that time is running out for syria's government. she talked about high level defections from the syrian military and the growing strength of the opposition forces. >> the future to me should be abundantly clear to those who support the assad regime. the days are numbered. >> clinton was in tokyo for a donors conferenc
swimming which is twice what you would burn in on a brisk walk. you can stay connected to me with cnn.com/sanjay. time now to get a check of the top stories in the "cnn newsroom." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> from cnn world headquarters atlanta, this is cnn sunday morning. trying to make a comeback from the embarrassing first run. not an olympic athlete, but mitt romney's international tour. plus, a stunning victory and surprising defeat. a tale of two american swimmers in last night's must-see 400 meter race. >>> and the suspect in the aurora shooting in court tomorrow. he could face more than 100 charges. >>> a veteran colorado pros prosecutor explains why. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm randi kay. we start with mitt romney's eventful visit to israel. he went to the western wall after he sat down with leaders like benjamin netanyahu and shimon peres. and jim acosta has been traveling with mitt romney, and he joins us by phone. mitt romney is due to give an address today and what do you believe that the focus will be on, jim? >> well, he is expected to say in remarks la
enforcement official briefed on the investigation tells cnn police and the fbi have discovered a package in the university of colorado mail room that appears to have been mailed by the suspected shooter, james holmes. cnn's ed lavandera is in aurora for us. ed, what do we know about this package? >> reporter: well, we're still trying to gather information on what exactly is inside that package, wolf. but as you mentioned that law enforcement official telling cnn that on monday police and fbi discovered a package that was apparent apparently sent by james holmes, the 24-year-old suspected gunman. now it's unclear obviously if this package was indeed sent by him, it was clearly sent before he was taken into custody. it arrived at some point on monday at the university mail room. we've also been told by hospital officials over the last couple of days this is something we've been monitoring for some time that there were two packages that were suspicious and were being looked into, one found in the mail room and also one that was actually delivered to a university professor. so we've been try
from her home at gunpoint. cnn's lisa sylvester's working the story for us. what happened here, lisa? >> hi there, wolf. what we know is this all started about 7:00, 8:00 yesterday morning when a man apparently approached and went to violet ripken's house and abducted her at gunpoint. he then according to authorities spent most of the day driving around in her car throughout central maryland. and it was only until around 8:30 last night when there was a citizen in the neighboring county, in baltimore county, who saw a suspicious vehicle. he called it in to county authorities. and at that point it was that tip that eventually led to violet ripken being found this morning unharmed back near her house in aberdeen. she was however bound. authorities at this point are not clear what the motive is in all of this. they do say though that her credit cards have been used, but there was no apparent ransom that was discussed. a ransom never came up at all. we have more information now from the police chief here at aberdeen. >> he was driving her vehicle, which was a silver lincoln continental.
going. facebook dooth com/carol cnn. thanks as always for your comments. i sure appreciate them. thanks for joining me this morning. cnn newsroom continues right now with kyra phillips. >>> hello everyone. it's 11:00 on the east coast. 8:00 on the west. crops withering as the severe drought sweeps across the country. get ready to pay more for your food. >>> and one day until the opening ceremonies and we already have our first olympic doping scandal. >>> rebels ready to fight to the end to take control of syria's largest city. we'll take you inside the exploding civil war. >>> grieving families and friends begin to bury their loved ones and a stunning clue out of aurora, colorado. a letter discovered in the mail room at the university of colorado's medical campus sent by james holmes. the details inside that package apparently contained key details about friday's theater massacre and could finally expose not only how holmes allegedly executed his rampage but also answer the one question no one knows or understands. why? let's get straight to ed lavendara on the ground for us in
of families that are struggling today in this great country. it doesn't have to be this way. >> cnn white house correspondent dan lothian traveled with the president through ohio and pennsylvania this week and has more. >> reporter: well, wolf, the president had been campaigning in mostly big cities, attending fund-raisers surrounded by the rich and famous. but this bus tour took him to small towns in ohio and pennsylvania. people who supported him in 2008, and voters he's trying to hang on to come november. it's a more retail-style approach, but unlike the president's other official bus trips last year, this one has campaign written all over it. there's a big presidential seal on the door and the venue in the small city of maumee, ohio, has been carefully staged. white picket fences, a large american flag, and a soft story about his daughter. >> then it was malia's birthday yesterday. see, when she was small, i could say, all these fireworks i had arranged for her birthday. but she doesn't believe me anymore. >> reporter: but his speech turned tough when the president took on his opponen
and assault rifles. cnn's ivan watson actually crossed into northern syria and spoke with the rebels who vowed to fight to the death to overthrow assad. >> translator: a father stained with the blood of his son. this is the blood of a martyr, he yells. of a hero, his blood is pure. mad grief and pride from a man who just learned his son died in battle. he was only 22 years old, a defector from the syrian military. he died tuesday morning fighting for the rebel free syrian army. he is the fourth man from this small hill top village to be killed battling the government. a fellow fighter brought rashid home to be buried and said he was shot in the syrian city of aleppo. a helicopter killed your friend today. >> yes. >> reporter: on a roof top. on top of a building. >> yes. >> reporter: what began 17 months ago as a peaceful protest movement has morphed into a full-fledged armed insurgency composed of defector soldiers as well as students, shopkeepers, real estate agents, and even members of president bashar al assad's ruling baath party. you were in the baath party before. >> yeah. >> reporter: f
a very sick teenager may be allowed to die. but first, this just in to cnn. a greek athlete has been booted from the olympic games for a racist tweet. let's go straight to london. zane, you just told me this happened. we got you up top. what did it say? who are we talking about? >> reporter: hi, kyra. this is the first olympic casualty. she is a champion triple jumper from greece voula papachristo and is believed to have said on twitter, with so many africans in greece at least the west nile mosquito will eat home made food. the reaction to that was very quick and very angry. her tweet was deleted. she apologized shortly after that on her facebook page saying she was really sorry for her tasteless comment and that i respect all people and all races. she went on to say she really believes in the values and meaning of the olympics. now, this athlete is only 23 years old. this was to be her first ever olympic games. she is not even here yet, kyra. she was in athens on her way to london in the next couple days but was booted out almost instantly from the team after she posted that tweet.
for starting your morning with us. we have much more ahead on "cnn saturday morning" which starts right now. >> announcer: from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, this is "cnn saturday morning." >>> june jobs numbers send investors into panic as the dow plunges over 100 points. why the numbers just didn't add up for wall street. >> we see this as a powerful symbol of our commitment to afghanistan's future. >> reporter: an unannoun. >>> an unannounced visit to afghanistan and announcement on troop withdrawal. >>> two great whites threaten the coast of cape cod. now the hunt is on to find them before they claim a human life. good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. it is 8:00 on the east coast. 5:00 a.m. out west. thanks for waking up with us. we start this morning with the economy and new jobs report. it wasn't quite what experts had hoped. just 80,000 jobs added in june. that fell below expectations and caused a ripple through the stock market. the dow down 124 points at the close. there was some good news. additions in manufacturing jobs was a highlight for the white house. 14,000 jobs were
right now with "cnn newsroom." >>> happening right now, overnight protests turning violent. store windows smashed, after a police officer apparently shot an unarmed man. >>> and a medical mystery as hepatitis c has an outbreak. the lab tech suspected of starting it all now in custody. >>> chilling and terrifying. new video surfacing of an attack six years ago. a 6,000 pound killer whale at sea world attacks his trainer and pulling him underwater for 15 minutes. >>> secret no longer. brand-new information this morning on what we will see during the olympics opening ceremonies friday night. details leaking out from london. two early hints, james bond and harry potter. >>> "newsroom" begins right now. >>> and good morning to you. i'm carol costello. thanks for being with us. we begin with a single stor that captures both the heartbreak and the hope of the shooting rampage in colorado. this morning, americans are rallying to help this man, shooting victim caleb medley. he is in critical condition right now with gunshot wounds to his head, but that's only part of the story. he is also
are reading most at cnn.com this morning. the internet block out that could be coming for many americans on monday. the vicious malware we have been telling you about. folks reading about the euro. the third popular story, the fatal shooting of four people in ohio connected to a man later drove to a cemetery and killed himself. more on that at cnn.com. >>> we have a sad, sick story to tell you ability. pets burned on purpose and left to die. several have been found around philadelphia in the past few weeks. i have to warn you, what you are about to see is graphic. take a look. this is hercules. he was found yesterday. he's a puppy with severe burns on his legs and back. he's expected to make it. some dogs weren't so lucky. this dog is more graphic than the last one. this is chloe found with burns. she's passed away. mark told cnn how often he sees this kind of cruelty. he heads up the pennsylvania society for the prevention of cruelty to animals. >> we see cruelty to animals frequently. unfortunately, with the fire and burning of these dogs, this has been much more of a disturbing trend
rounds. lisa sylvester, cnn, bethesda, maryland. >> all right. lisa, thanks. and thank you for watching. see you back here in an hour. >>> you're in "the situation room". president obama hits the road in battleground states, but the romney isn't far away. >>> a stunning new sign that the syrian president bashar al assad may be in serious jeopardy right now. a key member of his inner circle flees the country. >>> and re-living a disaster at sea. stories never heard before from survivors of the "costa concordia." we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> another weak jobs report is raising new concerns about the pace of an already sluggish economic recovery. only 80,000 jobs were added in the month of june, significantly fewer than economists were certainly hoping for. the unemployment rate is holding at 8.2%. it all comes as president obama's trying to kick his campaign into a higher gear with a major bus tour through some critical battleground states. >> it's still tough out there. you know, we learned
.com/help. you can find that link on my blog website as well, that's cnn.com/newsroom. click on the tab with my name. you can make a donation. i think they are already up to, what, $195,000. their goal is $500,000. caleb's medical bills could top $2 million. >>> in the meantime, survivors of the shooting spree received a surprise visit from the actor who was on the screen at the time of the shooting spree. christian bale met with the victims and their families and visited a memorial for those killed. >> it really showed his humanity and that he does care about people. and he cares about his fans. >> it was not a canned speech. it was nothing hollywood. he was the human being christian bale. >> with more, let's head to aurora and cnn's jim spellman. good morning. >> reporter: carol, it's fascinating how this began. somebody on facebook posted they thought that maybe christian bale should come here. then our affiliate started to hash tag on twitter, bail out aurora. and over 300 million people have used that hash tag to encourage cr christian bale to come here. but people have been so excited on
rolling in. tweet me at randi kaye cnn. i'll read your responses early in the show. thanks for starting your day with us. we have more ahead on "cnn saturday morning," which starts right now. >>> announcer: from cnn world headquarters, this is "cnn saturday morning." >> we see this as a powerful symbol of our commitment to afghanistan's future. >> unannounced visit to afghanistan and an announcement to impact troop withdrawal. plus, june jobs numbers send investors into panic as the dough plunges over 100 points. why the numbers didn't add up for wall street. >>> a rescue from a hot car. it's not what you think. how an unexpected hitchhiker got stuck. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. it's 7:00 on the east coast. thanks for waking up with us. we begin in afghanistan. secretary of state hillary clinton carried a message on partnership to work with afghanistan well beyond the planned troop pull out. afghanistan is now designated a major non-nato ally. the u.s. will keep up defense, security and economic relations with afghanistan even after the withdrawal. >> i am pleased to ann
. now i want to bring in cnn's becky anderson also there in london. so, becky, how is romney's visit going over with ordinary brits? have they even noticed he's there? >> i've just conducted my -- it's going to be said fairly unscientific straw poll on the streets of london here right outside the houses of parliament asking people whether they knew mitt romney was or whether they cared about what he says. and it's got to be said nobody knew who he was. that doesn't mean that not everybody in britain is interested in his comments but he's not really making headlines in the newspapers. for example the only paper mitt romney was quoted in or certainly his aides off the record were quoted in was the "daily telegraph" here and he made page 16. not even a full page. it's a very, very small part of the newspaper here. the writer swon sway picking up on these comments from an aide of romney that he would restore anglo saxon understanding to the uk and the u.s.'s relationship in picking up on the fact that some people might read that as racist when given that the aide was reported as also say
from jerusalem. cnn's wolf blitzer is also in israel with mitt romney, and he will be interviewing the candidate in 30 minutes from now and be sure to stay tuned to cnn and as soon as we get the interview in house here, we will bring it to you. >>> and a poll shows that many more people like barack obama and then mr. romney, and the approval ratings may have plummeted and despite recession, an unpopular health care law and string of fights with congress, an overwhelming majority say they like him. here are the results from the gol lup poll. they score him 60% likability and the republican rival gets only 30%. >> i want to leave you with two things and one is that if this coward could do this with much hate, imagine what we can do with this much love. another thing if you are putting your dreams on hold, you stop that right now and you chase those dream, because you don't know how long you have here. >> that is the brother of the colorado shooting victim jessica ghawi. friends and family remember this aspiring broadcaster with words like spit fire and spunk and tough. services were
against the wall to see if it sticks. >> have a great weekend, everybody. "cnn newsroom" is starting right now. >>> blunderful in great britain. mitt romney within 24 hours managed to make headlines with comments that offend. the prime minister, the mayor of london, "the daily mail" saying he is devoid of charm, offensive, and this morning team romney is in damage control. >>> pepsi scare. a hospital technician suspected of infecting at least 30 people. and this morning we talk to one of those people. >>> nearly 1,000 miles of america waking up battered. torrential rain, dark skies. the northeast is battered. >> just outside of the cnn worldwide headquarters at centennial olympic park. we are counting down to london 2012. i'm rob marciano. i'll have the weather on both sides of the pond. "cnn newsroom" starts right now. >>> and good morning to you. happy friday. thank you for joining us. i'm carol costello. we begin with new details on a man who is accused of being a serial infector of hepatitis c. david kwiatkowsky is accused of infecting many people. one hospital fired him for drug abuse
? >> we did. cnn did have a chance to talk to them, and we were, our cameras were rolling yesterday when police allowed, started to allow people to go back in permanently. at first they were allowed to go back there to get some of their belong inings to get to where e they were staying to a hotel or relative, but yesterday they took down the police tape and allow ed them wider access, but the interesting thing, fred, is that some folks are choosing not to go back. they are choosing to go back to get their things, but not comfortable yet. most of the people are choosing not the stay permanently, but a few of them said, i am glad to be back to sleep in my own bed and hopefully things will start to get back to normal soon, but i think that it is interesting because of all of the explosive s that investigators say that were in that apartment, that a lot of people are not comfortable going there to stay there permanently. yes, fred? >> yes, don, and some people still suspect some residual explosives in the unit and it does not make them safe or they don't like the eerie feeling, the knowledge
and it is chaos. >> we will check in with the cnn severe weather center in a little bit. all right. the long awaited facebook stock reach ed a new low today. despite a better than expected earnings report the stock was down the $23, a 40% drop from the initial offering price back in may. >> and mitt romney at the ending the opening ceremony for the olympics in london a few hours from now, and romney is trying to recover from the remarks questioning whether the city is ready. he has since tried to smooth things over, but the british papers are showing no mercy. jim acosta reports now from london. >> mitt romney would like to take the torch to some of the headlines coming out of london newspapers. the "sun" dubbed him mitt the twit and over in the "daily mail" dubbed him the party pooper after he questioned whether london was ready for the olympic games and that drew sharp responses from the prime minister and the mayor of london. mitt romney has back pedalled and walked back some of the commen comments. in an interview with our own piers morgan, he sidestepped the question and said that londo
-pedic -- the most highly recommended bed in america. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome back to "cnn saturday morning." scientology is a controversial and misunderstood religion. the church is famously secretive about their practices and inner workings, which just leads to more questions. we're focusing on scientology this morning, the myths, the money and, of course, the celebrities. it seems what many people know about the church is what they hear from celebrities. actors and actresses count themselves as members. people like tom cruise. cnn has more on cruise's connection to scientology. >> reporter: when it comes to scientology, tom cruise may be the most famous defender. tearing into matt lauer over psychiatrist. >> do you know at roll, ritalin, do you know now ritalin is a street drug. >> the difference is -- >> matt, i'm asking you a question. >> i understand there's abuse of all of these things. >> no, you see, here is the problem. you don't know the history of psychiatry, i do. >> reporter: although cruise joined scientology in the 1980s over the past decade his public identification
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's biggest city and a boy's across continent plane ride with no passport or ticket. welcome to the "cnn newsroom" international. it is the u.s. versus france as well, and we are keeping an eye on that women's olympic soccer happening right now in london. hello, everyone, i'm fredricka whitfield in for suzanne malveaux, and we are taking you around the world in 60 minutes. >>> this is the scene in aleppo, syria, today. intense fighting between the rebel forces and government troops. the military is sending 2,000 more troops in an effort to retake the city. meanwhile, turkey announced, it is closing the border with syria, and thousands have fled across the border to escape the violence. the al qaeda-linked group known as the islamic state of iraq is claiming responsibility for the attack that killed and wounded hundreds of people this week alo alone. the group posted the claims online describing the attacks as a start of new state of jihad. monday was the deadliest day of the year. 103 people died in bombings and shootings throughout the country, and most of those targeted were shiite mus
's view? >> well, honestly, carol, mitt romney has done a couple of interviews. one with cnn's piers morgan and another on "the today show" on nbc and he is not really acknowledging publicly some of the criticism he's gotten here in london since those comments he made to nbc a couple of days ago about the city's readiness for the olympic games. you mentioned those headlines in the london newspapers. i have the one you just mentioned in "the sun," mitt the twit. i think this morning it's safe to say that the romney campaign probably has a new use for the olympic torch, and that is to burn some of these headlines, carol. but let me play for you some of what romney said on piers morgan last night, because piers asked romney about this criticism, and he didn't really seem to acknowledge it. here's what he had to say. >> you've been slightly criticized on knocking the british enthusiasm. are you feeling it now? >> well, i'm delighted to see the kind of support that has been around the torch, for instance. i watched last night on bbc an entire program about the torch being run across great
sister rachel was killed in columbine, said it's all about uniunituniunity. got to take a break. "cnn newsroom" with carol costello begins right now. see you tomorrow morning. >>> deadly propaganda. a massive explosion the taliban claims that a large u.s. base in afghanistan. a vehicle loaded with explosives ramming the front gate. the blast felt miles away. >>> rigged to kill. inside james holmes' apartment, new information this morning on what investigators saw when they went inside. explosives, wires, gasoline. police telling cnn it looked like a setup in afghanistan, not the united states. >>> home sweet home. finally, the good news we've been waiting for. the value of your house going up for the first time in five years. >>> plus this. >> don't hit your head on the dock. >> no way. >> it's called speed kayaking. or at least trying to be that. our rob marciano taking a dip while trying out this lesser known olympic sport. get your life preserver. "newsroom" starts right now. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. >>> we do begin with breaking news this morning. more security con
to get right to cnn's jim acosta. he's covering mitt romney today delivering some major messages of his own in this race for the white house. jim acosta is joining us from boston right now. what's going on on this day as far as the republican presidential candidate, jim, is concerned? >> reporter: wolf, the back and forth in this campaign right now is all about four words the president said nearly a week ago, the words you didn't build that. the comment has the romney campaign building a new line of attack that is resonating with republicans. republicans hope it's a sign mitt romney is back in business. >> when the president said that, if you got a business, you didn't build it, come here and talk to brian. and you'll learn that in fact he did build this business. >> i take umbrage at the suggestion that people don't start and build businesses. >> now, i'm know some people that think what the president said was just a gaffe. it wasn't a gaffe. it was instead his ideology. >> reporter: on a day he was expected to stay behind closed doors, he was at a truck repair company near his boston
has had little effect on the latest cnn poll of polls which shows the race nearly deadlocked. but another poll from usa today and gallup could be more worrisome for romney. it shows a majority of americans want to see more of the gop contender's tax returns. something mrs. romney told abc is not happening. >> you just want to give more material for more attack. that's just the answer. and we've given all people need to know and understand about our financial situation and about how we live our life. >> reporter: meanwhile, romney may be getting a lifeline from all people -- former house speaker nans si pelosi said earlier today that too much time in this campaign has been spent on the tax return issue. meanwhile, over in the senate john mccain tells cnn's piers morgan, his team found nothing in the tax returns that would have disqualified romney in his own vice presidential search four years ago. wolf. >> so i take it this notion that we had earlier in the week that a vice presidential running mate could be selected before he heads off to london for the olympic games and then
becomes significantly less important. rosie tompkins, cnn, london. >> i guess i'd reserve a room there if it came to that. right? >>> thanks for starting your morning with us. we have so much more ahead on cnn "sunday morning" which starts right now. >>> a stunning victory and a surprising defeat. a tale two of american swimmers in last night's must-see 400-meter race. plus -- >>> trying to make a comeback after an embarrassing first run. no, i'm not talking about an olympic athlete, but mitt romney's international tour. >>> and later -- the suspect in the aurora shooting formally charged tomorrow. and with new details on his mental state, a mysterious package sent to his psychiatrist, the big question may be -- when should doctor/patient privilege be broken? >>> good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. it is 7:00 on the east coast, 4:00 a.m. on the west. thanks for starting your morning with us. we start in syria where we may be in the beginning stage of a massacre. this is new video of the battle in the streets of aleppo. syria's biggest city. army tank battered the city saturda
terrorism are here in colorado for the aspen institute security forum that's co-sponsored with cnn and "new york times." today i had a chance to conduct the first-ever public in-depth interview with u.s. navy admiral who planned the raid that killed osama bin laden. admiral william mcraven may not be a household name, but as you're about to see, he's a genuine u.s. hero. this is the guy who's sitting right here who had the guts to tell the commander in chief we should do it, let's do it. and when you ordered that raid and when you said -- you didn't even know for sure that bin laden was abbottabad at that compound about a mile or so away from the west point of pakistan, did you? >> let me make one thing clear, i didn't order the raid. >> but he told the president of the united states that he thought he could do it. [ laughter ] >> i mean, and this is not a small point. the fact of the matter is it was the president of the united states that ordered the raid. >> and he deserves an enormous amount of credit for that decision. >> he does. [ applause ] >> and when he came to the head of special
in, what could have happened? she had told cnn that obviously she was very afraid having known what was in there now. but, you know, that could have ended her life. it could have, you know, ended the lives of all of the people in that apartment complex or first responders. so i think the big outstanding question now, and i don't know that we'll ever get an answer, is why would he tell police that there were explosives if it was set up to detonate and kill. >> yeah. so many questions. poppy harlow reporting live for us. >>> james holmes, the suspect, his first appearance in a colorado courtroom was bizarre. was he slipping into madness? was he faking it? he was sporting that mop of orange hair. and his expressions ranged from shock to confusion to sleepiness. cnn's jim spellman was inside the courtroom from that hearing -- for that hearing, rather. he is joining us from aurora. jim, describe what it was like inside that courtroom. >> reporter: there was a lot of anticipation. people were there an hour and a half, two hours early. one-half of the room was press. the other half was fam
moos, cnn, new york. >>> thanks for starting your morning with us. we have much more ahead here on cnn saturday morning. >> from world headquarters in atlanta this is cnn saturday morning. >> it is humiliating shambles, isn't it? >> i cannot disagree with you. >> an embarrassing scandal for the london games, how the firm tasked with protecting the olympics failed and what new dangers may be lurking. this morning we put olympic security in focus. later, new details on the aurora shooting suspect. we'll tell you what cnn has learned about his mental state before the shooting. as chick-fil-a tries to spread its wings some cities want to clip them. we'll talk to one politician that says not in my town. >>> good morning, everyone. i am randi kaye. 8:00 on the east coast, 5 a.m. on the west. thanks for waking up with us. just hours after the opening ceremony a chinese woman has won the first gold medal in the london olympics. she competed in the 10 meter air rifle competition and to recap the highlights queen elizabeth officially opened the 2012 games with an epic journey through the u.k. hi
, and as a commercial hub, it is a crucial city in the country's 16-month conflict. we are joined by cnn anchor hala gorani, and you can give us a better idea of how significant it would be to take control of a aleppo? >> well, it is extremely significant and probably as significant as damascus, which is the administrative capital of syria, but aleppo is the economic beating heart of the country. it is diverse and has more christians than damascus does. the rebels are in much closer to the center than they have ever been and that is what is important and interesting of what is going on and significant. you showed a google map with the citadel which is the 13th century medieval fort, and the rebels have reached the center of the old city which is one neighborhood there, and whether or not they keep the territory is another question, because now what everyone is bracing for is for the regular syrian army to come in, and we have heard of reports of fighter jets pounding the rebel strongholds, and now we might hear street to street battlesles betwethe regular syr army, and it will be bloody. >> it is fu
video of the suspect, james holmes' booby trapped apartment tells cnn it was rigged with more than 30 homemade grenades and ten gallons of gasoline. the source says that would have created a fireball knocking out walls engulfing the entire building in flames undoubtedly killing many more people. cnn's ed lavandera is joining us now once again from aurora, colorado. ed, what else are you learning? there are new developments emerging even as we speak. >> reporter: well, there's a great deal going on behind the scenes, but now there's a great effort to make sure that the principle players and many of the people involved in these investigations no longer speak publicly about what is going on. the judge issuing a gag order. ever since that has happened, it's become much more difficult to be able to report on this story and to keep up with what is going on. but we're told a few days ago by the police chief here in aurora that today, tuesday, would be the day defense attorneys would get a chance to go through the movie theater to do their own analysis inside the movie theater and gather thei
he misspoke in that conference call. let's bring in our cnn chief political analyst gloria borger in "the situation room" as well. the ad we just saw in dan's piece, part of a broader picture that the obama administration, the obama campaign is trying to project. >> as you know this is the summer when it's time to define your opponent. it's not rocket science here, wolf. what the obama campaign is trying to do is paint a very, very unflattering portrait of mitt romney. he is, according to the obama campaign, secretive, tax avoiding businessman who outsources jobs and cares nothing about the middle class. that is of course on top of his wealth. so it's a caricature but sometimes care ka churs can stick particularly when you're spending $25 million a month most of which is in negative advertising. so that can stick. and the problem for romney right now is that unless he releases his taxes or continues to -- or give some more information about his taxes or even bain, these questions will be raised. don't forget, wolf, you were there. these questions were raised by his republican oppo
to interview her for cnn international. you can continue the conversation with me on kyra on twitter, and cnn international starts right now with suzanne malveaux. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> welcome the "newsroom international, i'm suzanne malveaux. in afghanistan a talliban bomb destroyed 24 tankers carrying supplies for taliban forces. and now military officials say that the insurgent attacks have increased in the last 12 weeks. all right. check it out. crazy huge chunk of ice floating free in the north atlantic and it is massive off of the coast of greenland and it is twice the size of manhattan, and snapped off of a glacier this week and scientists say it is probably because of global warming, but too early to say for sure. ♪ >> oh children in south africa singing to nelson mandela on today, his 94th birthday. civil rights icon and south africa africa's first black president turns 94 on what is officially mandela day in the country. >>> and what is most important today is what sis happening in syria and the most important develop
's interview but why can't he talk to cnn about foreign policy and he can talk to harratz about foreign policy? it doesn't make sense to me. he could put out being overly critical. he would say, look, these are the principles i would take if i were president or something like that. it's kind of a strange thing. without knowing what's in the interview that he gave to the israeli -- why can't he talk to them and not us? >> well, i don't know what's in it. although i would be surprised you're giving an interview to an israeli newspaper you're talking about things like iran or the palestinian issue. what i still don't understand about it. president obama, remember when he went overseas in 2008? he gave that big speech about -- and it was, you know, the thing that he's best at, right, giving an inspirational speech, and here's what he said about foreign policy on the trip he took while running for president. >> this is the moment we must help answer the call for a new dawn in the middle east. my country must stand with yours and with europe in sending a direct message to iran, that it must abandon
on. cnn's tom foreman has been investigating. tom, take us inside what was clearly designed to be a death trap, that apartment. you've been looking at how it was all assembled. >> yeah, wolf. this is really one of the great mysteries of the story. exactly what was the configuration inside this apartment. i want to talk about what we do know. look at this video from a few days back when authorities were trying to get in to this place. they were looking through the window moving very slowly. all explanations are because inside they were being met with an array of different explosives and triggers and potential problems. what do we know about what was inside that apartment? well f you look at this diagram here, it gives you some idea of what we're pretty certain of at this point. in the middle of the room were about 30 of these canisters, each about the size of a softball. this is the same sort of thing they use for fireworks displays that shoot up into the air. these we believe were packed with black powder. now, the way they were packed and the way they were wired would make
the sun, romney sidestepped the controversy in an interview with cnn's piers morgan. >> you've been criticized for knocking the british enthusiasm. are you feeling it now? >> well, i'm delighted to see the kind of support that has been around the torch for instance. >> reporter: the uproar in london reached its crescendo when the city's mayor taunted romney in front of 60,000 people. >> there's a guy called mitt romney who wants to know whether we're ready. he wants to know whether we're ready. are we ready? [ cheers and applause ] are we ready? yes, we are! >> reporter: he's also taking heat that a meeting, norm le kept seek ri. >> i appreciate the insight and perspectives of the leaders as well as the head of the mi6 as we discussed syria. >> reporter: romney's top surrogates are brushing it off saying openings in the next two legs israel in po lapd. >> poland had the rug pulled on them on missile defense. >> reporter: president obama had his own awkward moments in britain last year when he tried to toast queen elizabeth as an orchestra played. >> in the words of shakespeare to th
's keep the conversation going on twitter at sanjay gupta cnn. time now for a check of your top stories from the cnn newsroom. >>> hello frp everyone. i'm don lemon in the cnn newsroom. something is killing children, dozens of them. some kind of bug, some kind of illness, and doctors are scrambling to find out what it exactly is. so far it's killed more than 60, all of them in cambodia, and as it stands right now there's nothing to stop it. >> it is very difficult to assess how dangerous and how rapidly spreading it will be if we don't know what we are dealing with. >> we have a crew in cambodia full of details in one minute for you here on cnn. a free election four decades overdue. the first real live democratic exercise in libya since the moammar gadhafi era. nearly 3 million libyans picked parliament members today waiting in long lines to vote at polling stations all across the country. we've heard a few disruptions but overall international election observers are pleased. >> in the rest of the country things have been going smoothly. reports from the east where it's been more diffic
and all of the men were in a meeting when the bomb went off. cnn does not have reporters or camera crews in syria right now, but arwa damon is watching this unfold from beirut, and arwa, we are talking about the president's closest advisers and a family member dead. how monumental is this? is this a turning point? >> well sh, it is difficult to that just yet. this is however an attack that has pierced the very core of assad's inner circle. a number of the officials you listed were pat of the oleet group who are around the president, and most certainly contains the most trusted advisers including his brother-in-law assef shawkat who is believed to be the strongman behind the scenes. this is the national security building we are seeing there in an area of damascus which certa certainly has an incredibly intention security presence as you would imagine and not to mention a number of plain clothes government thugs who effectively patrol the whole area, and this is certainly an inside job. someone had access to that building. now, the free syrian army, a bit of conflicting reports, but one of
on a remark romney made questioning london's readiness for the olympics. cnn national correspondent jim acosta is in london for us. jim, what's happening now with mitt romney? >> reporter: candy, mitt romney woke up to headlines he did not anticipate when he embarked on this overseas trip. but his campaign is confident he can clear the next hurdles ahead. mitt romney hit the reset button on his overseas charm offensive during his lone public meeting of the day in london he was asked by the leader of ireland about how he had to walk to the irish embassy due to the city's intense pre-olympic traffic. romney's response. romney is walking on egg shells and eager to please after he was blasted by british leaders for appearing to question london's readiness to host the olympic games dubbed the party pooper in the daily mail, mitt the twit in the sun, romney sidestepped the controversy in an interview with cnn's piers morgan. >> you've been criticized for knocking the british enthusiasm. are you feeling it now? >> well, i'm delighted to see the kind of support that has been around the torch for insta
malveaux. this hour in the "cnn newsroom" we're focusing on the -- obesity drug, and the worst drought in america since the 1950s. want to get right to it. president obama, mitt romney raising money and rallying their supporters this hour. romney holding a campaign rally in irwin, pennsylvania. that's about 20 minutes from now. he also attends a private fund-raiser in pittsburgh. president, he's going to be speaking at a fund-raiser in san antonio. we expect to hear from him any minute. we're going to take you there live when he starts his remarks. we're going to have live coverage from the romney rally. that is also happening later this hour. >>> relatives of two missing girls in iowa say they are now bracing for the worst but hoping, hoping for the best. 8-year-old elizabeth collins and 10-year-old lera cook were seen friday riding their bikes near a lake. the girls' aunt appeared on hln along with the mom and she says the family is frustrated and confused. >> it's very baffling to understand how someone got off with a 10-year-old and an 8-year-old at the same time because it's as th
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